Medium: Heads Will Roll
But enough about renewals and scheduling. We have the next to last episode from season three to talk about. In a nutshell, I thought it moved both the Joe story, and the Paxton/Debra/Allison story, along very well. Unfortunately, it also suffered from a couple of problems. First, one way too long, and unnecessary, scene. And second, one missing character.
I'm speaking of the Deal Or No Deal dream. Corporate synergy is a tricky bit of business. Occasionally it makes for a clever tie-in, or a casting coup that wouldn't have otherwise been possible. On the other hand, sometimes it saddles a show with a weight that just slows the momentum of an episode to a standstill. And that's what Howie did. We were all already suspicious of Debra. We really didn't need the big reveal of her as the evil banker to get us pointed in that direction. Even if we did, the guessing of the cases was far too long. Really, the only thing good I can say about that entire scene is that they managed to get #10 Anya on the screen again, and that is never a bad thing.
Perhaps if we hadn't had to sit through that, we would have had time to get that missing character on screen. Remember Walter Paxton? He was really important last week. I could have gone for some indication with regards to what he is up to. Given the dreams that Allison was having, I'm still liking him as the Recapitator (worst super-hero ever). Even if by some strange twist he isn't the Recapitator, it would have been good to throw him out there to keep the story in play.
So, those were my two issues with the episode. Aside from that, I was right on board with the rest of it. I really like how Joe's story is playing out. His dream of his dead father was a good way to start the show. And it is good to see that he is coming to grips with what happened, even if it does come with some confusion over what to do next. It's an interesting conundrum Joe faces, and I thought they got his reaction just right given what we have come to know about him.
He listened to what the lawyer had to say, but naturally came to the defense of Aerodytech. Joe's a loyal guy, and he likes the life that he has, so it makes sense that he would want to protect it. I think Marcus almost had the whole deal sealed. Joe was right there with him, right up until he handed over the "standard form" releasing Aerodytech from any liability. There's loyal, and then there is being disrespected. Of course that was going to give Joe pause.
It was also nice to see Joe get things back on track with Allison. She's got her hands full and really needs him right now. You really felt for Allison this week. Over the past three seasons we've seen her go through a lot. But this time, it's really piling on. Recurring dreams about a serial killer. Her new friend has been jerking her around the entire time. Devalos is going to lose his D.A. gig (in black and white even), and I'm assuming she's following him right out the door. Her secret is going to be out for everyone to hear. How will that affect the girls? It's a lot to deal with.
I'm going to use all of those various stresses as the reasoning for how Allison didn't see through Debra's ruse. There were certainly signs. And she does have plenty of pals that could have looked into it for her. For her part, I thought Neve Campbell was very good in the role. Both the scene where Allison confided in her, and the confrontation at the end were excellent. It was such a crushing scene for Allison as Debra told her that she hopes she gets the mental health help she needs.
They gave away where that part of the story is headed in the previews, but I still can't wait to see the fallout. And there is still that whole Recapitator case to wrap up. Is everyone still betting on Paxton? In the conservatory? With a rusty hacksaw? With two thirds of it in the books, I have to say that I am really enjoying the Medium season finale. This one stumbled with the the Deal Or No Deal bit, but it does set us up for a great finish next week. I'm giving it a 5, out of 7.